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Mideast / United States Arms Sales #52627

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 15, 1978
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(Studio) White House announcement with regard to meeting between President Carter and Prime Min. Begin in Washington, DC stated, as well as Israeli reaction to United States decision to sell war planes to Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Upcoming congress vote on arms sale noted. [Secretary of State VANCE - responds to questions on Prime Min. Begin's charge that sale will be obstacle to peace and how providing weapons to ptys. improves prospects for peace.] Admin. strategy in making arms sale into package deal noted. President Sadat's peace initiative and resulting change in US-Egypt relations mentioned.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Mixed reaction to jet sale in Mideast stated.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Jerusalem, Israel) Begin's comments on United States sale plans and his call for President Carter to reconsider, during speech to parliament, detailed. [Knesset member Zalman SHOVAL - is afraid sale will have negative effect on peace talks.] View in Jerusalem that arms sale is further evidence of erosion of US-Israeli relations under Carter administration noted.
REPORTER: Andrew Meisels

(Studio) In reporter's news analysis, Egyptians' reaction to sales proposal reported; is noted that Sadat wanted more, but congress approval of that would have been unlikely. Details of military versus political points of issue outlined. Supplies of Israel, Syria and Egypt since 1973 war listed. Defense Department film shown. Analysis of military situation in Mideast, if arms sale goes thru, given. Planes involved in sale are F-15's, F-16's and F-5's. Joint chiefs chairperson General George Brown's statement with regard to F-5 use against Israel quoted. Analysis of political changes in area, with proposed sale of planes to Egypt and Saudi Arabia, traditional enemies of Israel, given.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
Meisels, Andrew;
Reasoner, Harry

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